Project Development Unit (PDU) is a wing of the Tea Board acting in the field of development with a separate office at Srimongal. It was established in 1980 as a component of the Bangladesh Tea Rehabilitation Project (1980-92) implemented with financial and technical assistance of Overseas Development Agency ( ODA) & European Economic Committee (EEC). Its manpower with 51 posts was absorbed in the revenue budget of the Board in 1988.The Board undertakes various development activities such as, preparation and implementation of development projects, assisting the tea estates in preparation and implementation of development schemes, monitoring of development activities of the tea estates, providing advisory services to the estates for dissemination of improved technology, imparting training to the management personnel of the tea estate, implementation of various labor welfare programs etc through PDU.
A wing of Bangladesh Tea Board, the Project Development Unit works in the field of development and extension. It was established in 1980 as a component of the Bangladesh Tea Rehabilitation Project (BTRP, 1980-92) with financial and technical assistance of the Overseas Development Agency (ODA) and the European Economic Committee (EEC). It has a provision for 51 personnel and was absorbed in the revenue budget of the Board in 1988.
Its main functions are to prepared and review the schemes for tea estates and assist in implementing development projects. It also provides technical assistance to the tea estates aimed at improving quality of production of tea.
As part of the State machinery, PDU arranges funds from Bangladesh Krishi Bank (BKB) to run all approved projects and monitors their progress.
As the title itself hints at PDU, by and large, supports development of the industry and so it shares successful research outcomes that come from Bangladesh Tea Research Institute (BTRI) through the tea estates.
As part of its routine work, PDU organizes training programs for enhancement of the skills of tea laborers and staff members of the tea estates and also organizes special workshops for selected staff members.
With the view to developing manpower in the tea industry PDU organizes special training certificate course conducted by the Management Training Centre (MTC) with joint collaboration of the Bangladesh Management Development Centre (BMDC).
For overall development of physical communications inside and in the surroundings of the gardens PDU assists in constructing and repairing road communications.
PDU is also responsible for updating information related to tea industry in Bangladesh. Although welfare activity is not direct part of its services, it still offers Labour Welfare Fund to the dependants of the workers and also gives away funds for social ceremonies like wedding, puja, etc.
One of the welfare development schemes now being implemented is the Education Trust under which children of the workers receive stipends from the interest of money deposited by the previous governments.